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Presentation of Kullu-Bhuntar Fieldwork. Diya Mehra. Main Arguments. 1) The importance of historical forms of urbanization in a mountainous region and its contemporary resonance 2) M ultilayered production of a district and town (through local , national, regional, intl flows)

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Presentation of kullu bhuntar fieldwork

Presentation of Kullu-Bhuntar Fieldwork

Diya Mehra


Main arguments

Main Arguments

  • 1) The importance of historical forms of urbanization in a mountainous region and its contemporary resonance

  • 2) Multilayered production of a district and town (through local, national, regional, intl flows)

  • 3) Patterns of Urbanization

  • 4) Review of factor guidelines


Historical forms of urbanization

Historical Forms of Urbanization

  • Kullutown as the link between upper valleys of the Kullu district, and the plains

  • Link between Tibet and Punjab

  • Gateway for Lahaul and Spiti into the plains

  • Seat of the Kullu rajas and center of the sacred geography of the valley

  • Post-Independence Administrative headquarters


Kullu valley

Kullu Valley


Contemporary period himachal pradesh

Contemporary Period – Himachal Pradesh

  • High GDP growth, high incomes

  • High levels of infrastructure provision – water, electricity, telephones, roads

  • High social indicators


Economic activities in kullu bhuntar

Economic Activities in Kullu-Bhuntar

  • Tourism

  • Agriculture

  • Professional services

  • Government infrastructure

  • Shops, bazaars and markets

  • Religious architecture

  • Factories

  • Hydroelectric

  • Private infrastructure

  • Military infrastructure


Patterns of urbanization

Patterns of Urbanization

  • Multilayered flows/growth of the built environment

  • Spatial dispersion through self-urbanization and institutional growth

  • Ribbon development, suburbanization and metropolitanization?

  • Cross Border Potato Urbanization – the importance of Lahauland Spiti and their potatoes

  • Under reported Urbanization


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